Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of two Americans and a Canadian citizen on Sunday night as Israel began burying the last victims of the deadly attack on Mount Meron, which killed 45 people.
Forty-one of the victims were buried until noon on Sunday, but the last four funerals, for Daniel (Donnie) Morris, 19, of Teaneck, New Jersey; Yossi Cohn, 22, of Cleveland; Duby Steinmetz, 21, of Montreal; and Avrohom Daniel Ambon of Argentina were delayed to allow relatives to arrive from abroad.
Ambon’s funeral, the last of 45 ceremonies, took place at the Heichal Yitzhak Yeshiva in Jerusalem on Monday morning.
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It’s Shaalvim hesder a yeshiva that combines religious study and service in the Israeli Defense Forces.
The ceremony was also broadcast live to allow friends and families from abroad to participate.
Almost 70,000 people watched online.
“I have so many questions, but few or no answers,” sobbed his mother, Mirlana Morris, calling his death “a pain a mother can endure more.”
“But what I do know for sure is that you have been loved by so many,” she said.
“We all always knew how wonderful you are, but in the last 72 hours, countless people have turned to me to say how you have touched so many lives with your kindness and love,” she said.
His uncle, Rabbi Jehiel Morris, called him “less than the highest order.”
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Maurice is buried in the Mount of Olives, an ancient cemetery overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
Thousands also accompanied Kon and Steinmetz from Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where they both studied.
Steinmets is buried in Jerusalem, his family coming directly to the cemetery from Ben Gurion Airport.
“Duby wasn’t here for himself, he was here for his family, for his brothers, his sisters, everyone. He always gave to others. This is what we need to learn from him, to give to others, “said his brother.
A horse is buried in the central city of Bnei Brak.
A friend who was with him in Meron said he was “always smiling, always helping.”
“We danced together just minutes before the disaster,” the friend said. “Whenever we met, he always asked about me, as if he had been our friend all our lives,” he said.
Most of the funerals were held on Saturday night, with men, teenagers and children buried in ceremonies attended by hundreds as officers completed the process of identifying all the bodies.
Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Joseph David Elhadad, 18, from Jerusalem, were buried late Saturday near Meron, the site of the disaster. Other funerals were held in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh, where many of the victims lived.
Before the Sabbath began on Friday night, 32 of the 45 bodies were officially identified at the Abu Kabir Judicial Institute in Tel Aviv, and 22 were released to relatives for burial. Funerals were organized for 13 of the victims. The institute halted the identification process in the evening following a decision by the chief rabbi that it could not continue on Saturday.
Identification work continued on Saturday night after Shabbat ended and on Sunday morning the institute said it had identified all 45 bodies from the deadly smash.
Jewish tradition calls for the dead to be buried as soon as possible. Families whose relatives have been positively identified hurried to do so on the Friday before the start of the Jewish holiday, with hundreds attending many services.
At a particularly heartbreaking moment on Friday, Jonathan, the four-year-old son of Yehuda, Leib Rubin, who was killed in grief, said the traditional mourning prayer for his father.
Avigdor Hayut, a resident of Bnei Brak, who was injured in the lubrication, was released from the hospital to attend the funeral of his 13-year-old son Yedidia. Hayut said Yedidia’s funeral was originally scheduled for Friday, but authorities accidentally released another boy’s body for the funeral.
Hundreds attended his funeral in Bnei Brak late Saturday night.
“We bought funeral plots next to yours,” Avigdor Hayut said at his teenage son’s funeral, promising they would never be separated.
Shmuel Meir Hayut, 10, told reporters at the funeral that he shouted the traditional Shema prayer when he suffocated in the crowd with his father and brother, believing he would die quickly. After breaking out of love, he warned medics to take care of his wounded father, but lost his older brother.
Hundreds also attended the funeral in Ramle of 17-year-old Yosef Mastorov, whose father said in a eulogy that “we had a dream to see him. [get married] under the break, with his brothers and sisters. “
The father added, “He told me, ‘I’m going to Meron.’
I said, “Why do you have to go there? “
He told me, “Father, I want to pray all night and then I will return to the yeshiva.”
“Now I know he’s studying in heaven.”
20-year-old Jaakov Elhanan Strikowski from Greece was buried late Saturday at the Yarkon Cemetery in Petah Tikva.
“My child is gone. Why? Why? ”Cried his mother, Rachel Strykowski, according to the news site Ynet.
Menachem Noblovitz, 22, of Borrow Park, Brooklyn, was buried in Jerusalem without members of his close family or fiancé. The Gur Hasidim were engaged to a young woman from Lakewood, New Jersey, according to social media.
With 45 dead and dozens injured, the disaster in the early hours of Friday is considered the worst peacetime tragedy in Israeli history, surpassing the victims of 44 of the 2010 forest fire in Mount Carmel.
The victims include many children and teenagers, including two brothers, as well as young fathers and rabbis. They include at least nine foreigners, including six Americans, two Canadians and one Argentine.
More than 100,000 people attended the annual gathering in northern Galilee, which included visits to the Bar Yochai cemetery and massive mountain bonfires. A fire-burning ceremony for the Toldot Aharon Hasidi sect was held in the area of worship, near the tomb of Bar Yochai.
As dense crowds began to emerge, a narrow, sloping path along the exit route became extremely congested, people slid on the metal floor and others fell on them, causing a fatal crushing, exacerbated by the reported police barrier at the bottom of the slope.